Skip to comments.The whole idea of Earth Hour is not too bright
Posted on 03/22/2013 12:58:20 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30 and at 9:30, and at 10:30 and for the rest of the night, just like they do every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.
At the same time, another one billion people will participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.
The organizers say that they are providing a way to demonstrate ones desire to do something about global warming. But the reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessens, and it actually increases CO2 emissions. Its vain symbolism reveals exactly what is wrong with todays feel-good environmentalism.
Earth Hour teaches us that tackling global warming is easy. Yet, by switching off the lights, all we are doing is making it harder to see.
Notice that you have not been asked to switch off anything really inconvenient, like your heating or air-conditioning, television, computer, mobile phone or any of the myriad technologies that depend on affordable, plentiful energy electricity and make modern life possible. If switching off the lights for one hour per year really were beneficial, why would we not do it for the other 8,759?
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Not me. I’m turning on every light I have, which is very unlike me.
the short answer here is that we’re supposed to be liberal, not question our enviro-nazi masters, and do what we’re told. We’re supposed to accept on face value that we need to sit in the dark to make this political statement.
Good liberals don’t question their masters.
In fact, Earth Hour will cause emissions to increase: As the United Kingdoms National Grid operators have found, a small decline in electricity consumption does not translate into less energy being pumped into the grid, and therefore will not reduce emissions. Moreover, during Earth Hour, any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward.
We will be turning our lights out probably around 10 p.m. until about 7 a.m. tomorrow. Does that count?
Hmmm - NCAA tournament games are on tonight. Good luck with that light bulb thing.
Me, too. Not to save the Earth, to save me some money. Utility bills can be killers during the winter months.
Looking at Obama’s plan for energy we will all be ‘in perpetual darkness’ before too long. Not to worry about a little feel good earth hour.
Right. And they’ll have their smartphones, ipods, tablets and whatever else uses battery power, running full blast. Genius.
Some of my neighbors leave outside lights on all night, several in fact, and it bugs me. They are younger than me and should know better. 45 years ago, I remember that my Dad hated lights at night - it’s unnatural.
Roger that. Thinking about getting some of those portable search lights to put in the back yard. You know, the ones that run on evil gasoline. LOL! Gonna try to light up the whole town. Sadly I guess I make up for it the rest of the year by turning crap off all the time. But it’s strictly one sided and an economic issue for me. My plants, grass and shrubs love them some CO2. I provide as much as I can and hope others are also contributing to their welfare.
“With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.”
Lomborg is a smart guy, so I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s aware there is such a thing as non-electric artificial light. But this sentence reads as if there were no such thing until incandescent lightnulbs were invented in the 19th century, hot on the heels of Franklin’s discovering electricity in the 18th. There were candles since time immemorial, and gaslight inbetween.
Hogwash. On the evening of March 23, 2,000 kooks will go without light at 8:30 . There, fixed.
I’ll do my part by not using the oven and instead firing off my charcoal grill!
Not me .. I’m turing on all my lights .. I always do.
Hey, I’m not stupid .. I have helicopters that regularly fly over my house (at very low altitudes) .. I don’t want to take any chances. I’m on the glide path to the local airport where the police and medivacs park their aircraft.
The IM 230 is nice, wouldn’t mind having one, but we don’t do much MIG welding. We do have a few tools to use:
Thermal Arc 161 STL
Lincoln SP-175 +
Victor & Smith O/A torches
Miller spot welder
Yeah Hobart is the budget div of Miller.
My B-I-L used to be a sales rep for them.
For amateurs it’s fine.
Lighting the outside of your residence at night makes a lot of very good sense.
Wasted outdoor lighting also drives astronomers, both amateur and professional, nuts. I remember flying from Toronto to Boston one night. As we passed over Albany, the view to the south, towards New York City was sickening. It was like a tower of light reaching up into the sky. Las Vegas is not nearly as impressive from 150 miles away.
Yup, me too. It is great fun to turn on every electric unit in the house and then go outside to see the meter spinning so fast that it is a blur. Not for too long though!
About as bright as daylight savings time.
Spring started two days ago.
Our tradition is to turn on all the lights in the house for that hour. One night we were up late packing etc. for a move and had a lot of the lights on in the house. Our daughter came homeand said “Is it “turn all your lights on night again?” :)
Leaving outside lights on is a cheap and effective crime prevention measure. Especially in areas where there are no streetlights. Many HOAs request that homeowners do it.
LOL they will be using their flashlight apps on their smart phones to see where they’re going.
Apparently, Las Vegas is going along with this nonsense. I heard the LV radio station that carries Rush (KXNT?) talking about it this morning.
Be aware that unless you live in Florida or South Texas or something, incandescent lighting in the winter is essentially free (or more truthfully, really cheap) assuming there’s no heat wave in the upper latitudes.
What honks off the greenies about incandescents is that only about 5% of the energy that goes into them comes out as light - the remaining 95% or so gets converted to heat. In the summer, that heat is waste heat - wasted energy. But in the winter, any heat emanating from your light bulbs is heat that you don’t have to supply from your furnace or gas stove or whatever. In the winter, it’s not wasted. Does it make a whole lot of difference? no, not really.
But neither does turning off one’s lights for Earth Day. If those pinheads really wanted to save some energy, they should try to talk people into turning off their lights in the middle of August. But even then, it’s an exercise in stupidity - the utility companies have to keep their turbines spinning for the inevibable surge after the moronic Earth Hour is over, and you can’t torque those things up instantaneously.
I’m up here in NW Washington. Yesterday it was snowing only about 25 miles from me. Spring comes when it feels like it. Since our legislature decided a few years back that hydro power was not a renewable resource, power really isn’t that cheap. I guess once water goes through the powerhouse it’s just gone for good. Who knew?
As for my pledge, I'm turning on every light in my house as an anti-crime measure, and I live in a very safe neighborhood.
Back to you, Francis.
But the point I would assume he is trying to make, that the fanatic imbeciles making up the bulk of faithful "Greenies" are doing more damage to legitimate conservation and environmental watchfulness, is entirely correct. While CO2 is the bugaboo of these morons it is in truth (fifth grade biology) an inherent part of the carbon cycle which maintains all surface and most ocean life on this planet. The poisons which spew every day from the uncontrolled industries in China and a few other places are not.
The prohibition of the use of DDT has killed and will continue to kill thousands of times more people (yes, I know the fanatics think that's a good thing) than could conceivably croak even if global warming and the scare mongers' insane projections were factual.
So by focusing attention on something which more people every day realize is a hoax for the illiterate and stupid they discredit the entire concept of caring for nature and the environment. I despise them and their moronic prophet Al Gore more for that than any damage they may inflict on my wallet.
Typically we light up our house like a Christmas Tree for Earth Hour.
Likewise, we make a point of venting some FREON into the atmosphere on “Earth Day”.
It’s our way of addressing the problems of the world.
I usually try to burn a brush pile or two for Earth Day. Drought induced burn ban stopped me last year. )^;
Sweet, but I assume you know that R12 is more effective at destroying the Ozone layer.
Well, I find TV much better if the lights are off.
Well, if it wasn't gone for good they'd call it a rain "cycle" or something like that...
“Leaving outside lights on is a cheap and effective crime prevention measure. “
So were small caliber bullets when they were affordable. I still think they have less environmental impact, even if they are made of lead.
“Yeah Hobart is the budget div of Miller.
My B-I-L used to be a sales rep for them.
For amateurs its fine.”
Yep, it’s nice when the factory tech reps will get on a forum over the weekend and tell you how to fix a possible problem in a 10 year old machine for $5. worth of parts that you can buy over the internet. I don’t know what your BIL’s experience was, but I haven’t heard anything but compliments about their customer service.
MY B-I-L got fired for expense acct fraud (well deserved based on some of his boasting previously).
I lost my connection.
Well I don’t feel like blaring all my lights like everyone else so I’m gonna go make a tire fire in the backyard ;-)
As long as i’m paying for it i’ll use all the electricity I want to and that’s probably double what i need to live.
I hate switching lights and TVs on and off as I move about the house and our computers are on 24/7!!
Not really; as "spring" has a set definition - the time of year between the vernal equinox and the longest day of the year.
TEMPERATURE has nothing to do with it.
Note that the above is for the Northern hemisphere.
"Spring" starts 6 months later in Australia.
(Just because fags what their shacking up to be included into the Marriage DEFINITION; IT AIN'T GONNA happen.)
Speaking of the WORLD.....
I’m not fooled. Half the people on this site tell me that China is actually a backwards, Third World, country - yep, that they do. These pictures are OBVIOUSLY Photoshopped.
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